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Plein Air Washington Artists
Valleys and Vineyards

Valleys and Vineyards

November 4, 2017 through January 6, 2017
First Place Award $1000
Entry Deadline October 1, 2016

Tim Deibler
Juror of Awards



Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA) is sponsoring a juried exhibit, Valleys and Vineyards, to be hosted by The American Art Company, Tacoma, WA.  This is a large gallery space where the exhibition will showcase plein air paintings and studio paintings derived from the plein air pieces or the plein air experience. Each artist may submit up to three sets of a plein air and studio painting combination. All works submitted for jurying into the show must be available for the show and sale.  A plein air painting 14 x 18 or larger may be substituted for one of the three sets. Sold works are not to be submitted.


Entry deadline: October 1, 2017
Acceptance notice: October 10, 2017
Delivery of Artwork: October 24 through October 31, 2017 - 10 AM to 5PM (Except October 29th and 30th)
Show dates: November 5, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2 PM to 5 PM
Exhibition Closing:  January 6, 2018
Closing Celebration: Saturday, January 6, 3 to 5 PM
Pick-up unsold painting: January 6 after Closing Celebration or January 9--12, 2018--10 AM-5 PM


Each entry should celebrate the imagery of our country’s Valleys and Vineyards.

PLEASE NOTE:  When entering, please put "Plein Air" or "Studio" in the Title of each piece.

      For example, "Sunset Landscape - Plein Air (or Studio)."

Each entry consists of:
•    One plein air painting:  Minimum painting size 6x8, Maximum painting size 14x18 (not including frame).
•    One studio painting derived from the plein air painting or the location where it was painted: Minimum size 14x18 and Maximum size 48x48 (not including frame).
•    Each artist may submit three entry combinations of a plein air and a studio painting for a maximum total of 6 paintings. A maximum of two entries (4 paintings) per artist will be exhibited.
•    One plein air painting 14 x 18 or larger may be substituted for one of the three sets.
•    Each entry will be supplemented with a short written statement describing the place, sensations or experience of painting. Please enter this statement with and at the time of entry on the entry form box labeled DESCRIPTION.
•    Each entry will be included for publication in Washington En Plein Air Volume VIX regardless of acceptance into the exhibition.
•    Make sure your images are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.


Entries submitted must be available for show and sale.  Artists may submit up to 6 images. The fee is $35 for the initial entry combination of a plein air and a studio painting.  A fee of $10 will be charged for each additional entry or $5 per image for a maximum total of $55.  All entries must be submitted through Entry fees will be paid at when entering the exhibition.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.


•    Paintings must feature some subject from an area of our country’s valleys and vineyards.
•    There will be no exceptions for deadlines, specifications or rules.
•    Open to all artists 18 years and older who are members of Plein Air Washington Artists. A $30 membership fee must be paid in advance. Visit
•    Original art painted en plein air (on location) and studio paintings derived from the plein air paintings or experience will be accepted. Paintings created in a workshop or while under the instruction of another artist are ineligible.
•    All entries are to be made at using digital images of the paintings.  Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.
•    Digital images are assumed to be accurate representations of the entrant’s original art works.
•    Paintings must be for sale and priced at $300 (retail) minimum. Any artwork priced below the show minimum will automatically have its price increased.
•    All artwork must be suitably framed and ready to hang with strong wire and flat metal hangers.
•    A 50% commission is retained by the Gallery.
•    Accepted artists will receive an email with more detailed information about delivery of artwork and reminders of pertinent dates of the event.
•    Accepted entries may be displayed in an online gallery with sales associated with the gallery exhibition.
•    Submission of entries grants PAWA permission to include image or images in advertising for the exhibition and inclusion in Volume VIX of Washington En Plein Air.
•    Entries must include a short description of the location or the experience of painting there.
•    Submission of entries and entry fee constitute agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus.

A jurying committee consisting of three selected members of PAWA and two non-members will jury the entries. The decision of the jury is final. There is no refund of entry fees for unaccepted entries.

Awarded by Tim Deibler
$1,000.....Best of Show
$750........First Place
$500........Second Place
$300........Best Plein Air
$250........2 Honorable Mentions
$200........People’s Choice

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Awards Presentation at 4:00 PM
at The American Art Company, 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402

Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM  
People’s Choice Award presented at 4:00 PM
at The American Art Company, 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402

Must be a current member18 years or older in good standing of PAWA or the 2016 membership dues of $30 must be paid before entering the show.

•    All reasonable care will be taken with paintings and submissions. PAWA, its officers, volunteers and the American Art Company shall not be held responsible for the loss and damage to paintings, frames or digital entries.
•    By entering the show, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus; you understand and agree with this statement.
•    Insurance for any loss or damage to artwork is the sole responsibility of the participating artist.
•    The artist grants permission to reproduce work for publicity purposes, both in print and digital galleries. This permission includes use of images and supporting information in the yearly publication of Washington En Plein Air Volume VIX.  Copyright will be attributed to the artist.  Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus and is your commitment to participate.


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Tim Deibler
Awards Juror
Workshop Instructor


Tim Deibler has had a life-long passion for art. From his earliest childhood he tried to visually depict the world around him with crayons and paint. After graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado, he worked in the commercial art and video production fields until going full time as a fine artist in 1992. A Signature member of OPA, he has won five Awards of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Show from such distinguished artists as Daniel Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelly and Scott Christensen.  Best known for his stunning portrayal of nature in oil, he loves painting the rugged mountain peaks, desert canyons and the pounding surf. With the success of his teaching videos and  his book Capturing the Seasons in Oils, he has become a popular teacher and workshop instructor. His work has appeared in many books and publications and can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Members have a unique opportunity to paint plein air under the instruction of Tim Deibler
WHEN: November 5 and 6        
TIME:   9:00 AM to 4:00 PM     
COST:   $275 per person for the 2 day demo and individual instruction or a morning demo can be attended for $50 per person
WHERE: Donna Trent Studio in Gig Harbor

Painting Dramatic Light in the Landscape
Tim Deibler writes, “The first thing we learn as plein air painters is that we are not in control of our subject. How often has nature thrown us a curve by allowing us only a momentary glimpse of dramatic light? The challenge we face is to get down those impressions on our canvas as fast as possible. In this workshop you will learn how to quickly visually organize what you are seeing and get it down in 100 strokes or less.”  Tim will show you how to take your paintings from ordinary to extraordinary by a careful selection of natural lighting effects. Learn how to represent glaring sunlight, silvery moonlight, rainbows and other natural phenomena. From sunrise to sunset and everything in between, whatever your style, this class is for you!

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